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All the good luck of it (1568 words) by Doorkeeper
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Mature
Relationships: William Collins/Charlotte Lucas
Summary: Charlotte has made her choice. Now she makes another one.

Really, really excellent look at Charlotte and her life with Mr. Collins.

AO3 Meme

Nov. 6th, 2015 11:32 pm
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Stolen from [personal profile] anghraine 

Account Created: December 4 2009
Link to AO3: [ profile] Beatrice_Otter 
Total Works: 154--but one of those is just all the crossover drabbles I wrote for [ profile] tth100 strung together.

Total Wordcount: 575,102
Average Wordcount: 3,734
Longest Story: Consequences, a 46k word SG-1 AU I wrote in 2005 because I was annoyed at all the Broca-AUs and thought I could do it better.  Turns out, this is not the greatest reason to write a story, and by the end of it I hated it.  And the sequel shows it, because it ends WAY too abruptly and I still occasionally get people wanting to know if I'm going to actually FINISH it and my response is, I know this is a crappy ending, but it's the best you're getting.  (For those of you too young to know SG-1 or who were never in the fandom, The Broca Divide was like the third ep of the first season, and the SGC gets a virus that turns people into cave-men and Sam tries to seduce Jack before she gets carted off to the infirmary.  There were a lot of really bad fics that used this as a jumping point for really OOC floof.)
Shortest Story: Well, I have a lot of drabbles as mentioned earlier, but AO3 thinks they're all part of one story because that's how I posted them.  The two monofannish drabbles are posted each as their own story, so those are what AO3 thinks are the shortest.  "In Another Life" and "Blood Will Tell."  And when I say "drabble," I mean a REAL drabble, 100 words exactly.  None of this newfangled "any really short story" nonsense, goldern kids get off my lawn ...

Total Kudos: 4,397
Average Kudos: 28
Story With the Most Kudos: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit, with 405.

Total Comment Threads: 634
Average Comment Threads: 4
Story With the Most Comment Threads: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit, with 73.

Total Author Subscriptions: 54
Total Story Subscriptions: 35
Story With the Most Subscriptions: Darcy's Surprise (the sequel to Lieutenant Bennet's Visit) with 5.

Total Bookmarks: 776.
Story With the Most Bookmarks: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit, with 87.

Stories With No Comments or Kudos:  All of them at least have kudos, but holy crap I had no idea I had so many with no comments at all (or at least, none here).  Most of them are from the pre-AO3 days, so they at least had comments other places, but still.  'Tis a little disheartening to see it all laid out like that.
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One fic was written for me:

Both Alike (4338 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Relationships: Mr. Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy
Characters: Mr. Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet
Additional Tags: Autistic Character, Autistic Exchange 2015
Summary: Mr Bennet had long ago acknowledged – at the very least to himself – that he was what his stablemaster would call an ‘odd duck’.

Interesting look at what it would be like to be autistic long before modern psychology, looking for someone like yourself and not quite understanding why you were so out of step with the world.

Here are my favorites of the other fics written for the exchange:

Artificial (1240 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Autistic Character
Summary:  People say a lot of things about Tony Stark; not all of them are true. The people who say he's weirdly intimate with his bots may have a point, though.

Really interesting look at Tony, and though I’m less convinced about Howard, I like the way the author brought in Tony’s little behavioral quirks.

Whatever Spins Your Engines (1152 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Firefly
Relationships: Kaylee Frye & River Tam
Characters: Kaylee Frye, River Tam
Additional Tags: Autistic Character, Friendship, chosen family, Coping, Female Friendships
Summary:  Kaylee understands when River has her own ways of liking things, odd routines that keep her going in the middle of the mild chaos that is the 'verse on a good day. She understands because she has her own, and that's always been enough. Well... Almost enough.
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Lydia, still (2719 words) by tree
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lydia Bennet, Data (Star Trek), Jean-Luc Picard
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Epistolary, Holodecks/Holosuites, I Don't Even Know

Rocks fall. Everyone dies.

Except Lydia.

Interesting crossover, I really liked it.
beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but DO NOT PANIC. I'm actually fairly easy to please; I am very rarely disappointed with a ficathon story. I write long and detailed Dear Author letters because I find such things helpful when I'm writing for other people; if you are like me, here you go! If your style is different and a detailed letter makes you feel hemmed-in, feel free to do what works for you.

The most important thing for me in a fic is that the characters are well-written and recognizably themselves. Even when I don't like a character, I don't go in for character-bashing. If nothing else, if the rest of this letter is too much or my kinks just don't fit yours, just concentrate on writing a good story with everyone in character and good spelling and grammar and I will almost certainly love what you come up with.

One thing: I do have an embarrassment squick, which makes humor kind of hit-or-miss sometimes. The kind of humor where someone does something embarrassing and the audience is laughing at them makes me uncomfortable because I identify too much with the person getting laughed at, so instead of being funny it is squicky. On the other hand, the kind of humor where the audience is laughing with the characters I really enjoy.

Pride and Prejudice, DS9, RCN series, Vorkosiverse )

beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
You know what I find really annoying in Pride and Prejudice fic?

All the stories where there's nothing wrong with Anne de Bourgh but her mother's fussing, and if she just got out and was active, she'd be just perfectly normal and as soon as her mother's out of the picture Anne is a lively and outspoken woman.  That's like, 95% of the fic where Anne appears.

And you know, it's possible that's the case.  But while they may not have had much medical knowledge in Austen's day, that makes it even more likely that she really has some kind of nasty ailment that won't kill her but will keep her from being able to do much.  Maybe something we'd find easily treatable, but that they wouldn't have a clue about.  And yes, upper-class girls were often cossetted, but not to the extent of being turned into invalids by it.

And as for Anne becoming lively and outspoken when her mother's not in the room, that's much worse.  There's a couple of possibilities.
  • she really is sick, in which case her mother's presence or absence may affect her comfort but she won't have much energy to speak whether or not Lady Catherine is in the room.
  • she does not have a physical illness beyond her mother's interference, but she's naturally shy and/or introverted, which won't change whether or not Lady Catherine is present or
  • she does not have a physical illness beyond her mother's interference, and she's not naturally shy and/or introverted, but her mother has bullied her into becoming so, which also will not change whether or not her mother is present.  Particularly since the amount of bullying/abuse necessary to make a healthy person physically weak is, er, pretty substantial even if (especially if) we're talking about chronic rather than acute mistreatment.
I highly doubt her illness is imaginary or made up or forced upon her by Lady Catherine's having decided that she is sickly and to be treated as such.  It's possible, but unlikely.  But if that's the case, she is going to be so psychologically damaged.  She would NOT be turning into a normal, social, outgoing woman the minute her mother's back is turned!
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Title: Darcy's Surprise
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Rating: PG
Source: Temeraire—Naomi Novik. Pride and Prejudice
Characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Bennet Bingley, Admiral Portland
Warnings: none
Word Count: 4432
Betaed by: [personal profile] lastscorpion 
Summary: While investigating Mrs Bingley’s secret, Mr Darcy receives an unwelcome shock.
Timeline Note: His Majesty’s Dragon takes place in 1805; Victory of Eagles in 1808. Pride and Prejudice takes place 1811-1812. Therefore, I’m trying to avoid war events, as I have no clue what’s going to happen next. (The real-world timeline isn’t exactly a help.) This is convenient as I suck at writing action.
Sequel to: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit

At AO3

Ah, Darcy, I cannot tell you how glad I am to see you, Bingley said )
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Since my Yuletide story Lieutenant Bennet's Visit was so popular, and I've got a couple more ideas for stories in this universe which I'll be writing and I bet other people have more, I've created a Dreamwidth community ([community profile] lieutenant_bennet) and an AO3 collection.  Both are open to anyone who wants to write more stories in this 'verse.  (Or, actually, any other Austen/Temeraire crossover.  Was Lady Russell so disapproving of Captain Wentworth because he was an Aerial captain, instead of a Naval captain?  Was Admiral Crawford so uncouth because he was in the Aerial Corps?  When Napoleon invaded England did Marianne and Elinor have to defend their homes?)

Hope to see you all there!

beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
So!  For Yuletide, this year, I was assigned to Cinaed, for A Chorus Line.

I wrote "The Beat Goes On," about Diana and Paul after the movie, and their friendship, and his injury, and Diana's family, and the show.  I am so thankful to [personal profile] kristin for the beta, because I know pretty much nothing about Puerto Rican or Puerto Rican society besides what you find in A Chorus Line and  West Side Story.  I don't even know any Spanish; my high school language was French.  She was very helpful, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.  I love this musical, and Diana is one of my favorite characters, and I love her strength and her defiance, and all about her, and I wanted to do something as part of [community profile] dark_agenda's [ profile] chromatic_yuletide_2010.

When the pinch hits came through, I failed to snag the one for [personal profile] starlady about the Disney Princess Superheroes, but I wrote it anyway because how can you go wrong with Disney Princess Superheroes?  I finished A League Of Their Own weeks before finishing my assigned fic, but then it was a lot easier and less nerve-wracking to write.

And on December 24th, I went in to the office but had nothing to do because everything was already ready for Christmas.  So I went through the Deary Yuletide Author letters, spotted a Temeraire/Pride and Prejudice crossover request, and threw something together in a couple of hours.  Didn't even bother to get it betaed, because there wasn't time.  So that's how Lieutenant Bennet's Visit came about, which is almost certainly the most popular thing I've ever written.  I've got some story ideas for more stories in this line, but also I think other people have lots of ideas (though whether they would get written I have no idea.  So I created a DW com ([community profile] lieutenant_bennet) and started an AO3 collection.
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
I like Regency romances.  I particularly like P&P fanfics, having been an avid Austen fan for many years.  Contrived plot devices where there's a huge misunderstanding/whatever keeping the two lovebirds apart and everything could be solved with a little direct communication are a staple of the genre (indeed, of any romance), and normally I don't mind that much.

But.  If Elizabeth Bennet knew she was being slandered, and knew there was bribery involved to fabricate a tale to ruin Mr. Darcy's good opinion of her, and knew there were several people ready, willing, and able to get to the bottom of things who knew she was innocent, would she sit at home going "Woe is me!" and swearing anyone who might possibly help to secrecy, and go way far out of her way to ensure that Mr. Darcy never figures out that people are lying to him about her?  No.  No, she would not.  And the writer's efforts to convince me of this only convince me that the writer is not a very good writer and doesn't know the characters at all, and that there's no point in finishing the story even to find out what the slander actually is.

This is not the Miss Elizabeth I know and love.  And if she were an original character, I'd like her even less.  I know melodrama can be fun, but really?  Really?!?

beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
This is my entry to the [community profile] asexual_fandom Commentfic/Kinkmeme.

Title: A Comfortable Life
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice
Characters: Charlotte Collins
Word Count: 632 words
AN1: An asexual is someone who does not experience sexual arousal.
AN2: I am assuming that Mr. Collins has Aspergers, and my portrayal of how that affects his sexuality is taken from So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in Pride and Prejudice by Phyllis Ferguson Bottomer, an excellent work on both Autism and Aspergers, and on Pride and Prejudice, which I cannot recommend highly enough whether you're interested in the autistic spectrum or P&P.

Charlotte appreciated a handsome man, but not as other girls did. )


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